The housing crisis in Tauranga is now affecting employers trying to attract and retain staff. Photo / Mead Norton
A large company that operates across the North Island is considering buying rentals in Tauranga to attract and retain staff as the chronic housing shortage worsens. Here is what some of our Premium
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No one ever mentions this other factor in the shortage of entry-level properties or rental properties. This is the number of family homes that have been converted into commercial premises over the years. Some streets in my city are full of these dwellings which are now the headquarters of local and national businesses, from plumbing services to real estate agents, construction companies and preschools. These properties are now lost to the residential market.
Why not praise him for providing accommodation in addition to work?
– Phillay P
Great idea and investment, although Labor will most likely tax workers to get free or cheap housing and businesses to get a few houses.
– Francois N.
Nothing new about that, I grew up in a lumber town where the company provided housing for its workers. This, in turn, created a sense of pride and ownership in our town – alas, that changed once NZFP was purchased by Carter Holt Harvey.
We rent directly to a company that recruits abroad. It was great – people are generally families and treat the house very well. I will probably see more as it is very lucrative.
This was a bigger issue 12-18 months ago, during the extended shutdowns, we bought houses to rent from new employees because rentals were scarce and good houses were scarce and expensive to buy. Fortunately, that’s less of an issue this year, as limits on immigration have allowed the construction industry to catch up and finish new homes and put them on the market.
These are the kind of benefits that the development of Sleepyhead will bring. It’s a win for everyone, I think.
– Ian P
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